Bike Mechanic Natividad Zirate Seeking Tool Donations

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Natividad Zirate is in a bad place right now.  Just a couple weeks after returning to his high-profile spot at the corner of Second Avenue and East Houston, the homeless sidewalk bike mechanic is experiencing some pushback from the city.  The New York Times reported over the weekend that goons from the Parks Department confiscated his most prized possession – the cart of tools.  He told the Times that “they came yesterday [Friday] at 12:30; I was down in Chinatown to buy some shoes.”

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Despite this latest adversity, Zirate isn’t going anywhere, determined to hold his ground.  He was back in action a day later, armed with a more basic tool set and beat-up luggage strapped to a handtruck.  A sign planted nearby begged passersby for tool donations so that he can continue operating.

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